Homemade vegan sausages and burgers have a tendency to fall apart because of the lack of egg, but here the xanthan gum helps to bind the mix.
Xanthan gum is commonly used in gluten-free bread to help make the dough more elastic.
Nutritional yeast is commonly used in vegan recipes to add depth of flavour and vitamin B12, which is lacking in a vegan diet.
Makes 8 sausages
½ red onion, finely diced
8 mushrooms, finely chopped
400g tinned butter beans, drained
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 dsp fennel seeds
1 dsp oregano
4 sun-dried tomatoes, drained and blitzed
1 tbsp xanthan gum
70g plain wholemeal flour
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- Heat the oil and gently fry the onion, mushrooms and garlic until they soften and any liquid is cooked off and the mixture looks dry.
- Add the herbs and spices and cook for a further minute.
- Blitz the sun-dried tomatoes (use a spoonful of tomato puree for a cheaper version) in a food processor then add the drained butter beans and pulse a few times to roughly chop them.
- Combine the mushroom mixture and the beans in a mixing bowl then add the flour, xanthan gum and nutritional yeast.
- Mix everything together well, then shape into sausages.
- Wrap each sausage tightly in tin foil and steam for 15 minutes.
- Leave to cool then unwrap the foil. You can freeze the sausages on a tray then place them in a zip-up freezer bag and take them out individually when you need them.
The sausages can now be used as you would a Quorn sausage.